Q. I am getting married in New York City in June. The wedding is black tie, but I’m struggling with picking a bridesmaids’ color. Neither me nor my fiance have “favorite” colors. In addition to having to be tea-length or longer, two of my bridesmaids are blonde and tan, and the other two are dark-haired and fair. To complicate things, one will also be in her last trimester of pregnancy!
A. Don’t worry, you don’t have to use a favorite color for the bridesmaid dresses. The greatest gift you can give to your bridesmaids is to choose a simple color in an elegant, simple design that perhaps, cross your fingers, they can actually wear again.
Start with shopping online at sites like jcrew.com, shopdress.com and edressme.com and visit several local shops and showrooms in the city that design bridesmaid dresses like Serafina, Thread and CK Bradley. Also, what colors are the groomsmen wearing? Are they wearing suits or classic tuxes? Will they be wearing a colored tie, which you can also play off the bridesmaid’s dresses? And what are the colors for the wedding reception and flowers? This may help you make your decision.
Ask your bridesmaids for suggestions as well. Plus, you can always make it easy and choose black. Every woman should own a great little black dress. And one last tip, don’t assume that each of your bridesmaids has to wear the same style dress. Choose a color, fabric and, depending on each girl’s body shapes, perhaps offer 2 or more styles or at least offer an empire waist option for your pregnant friend.
shown here, the Holly silk faille dress from jcrew.com ($295) comes in several colors and is flattering on many figures